Mark Zuckerberg says regulators and governments ought to play a extra energetic position in controlling web content material.
In an op-ed printed within the Washington Publish, Fb’s chief says the accountability for monitoring dangerous content material is just too nice for companies alone.
He calls for brand spanking new legal guidelines in 4 areas: “Dangerous content material, election integrity, privateness and information portability.”
It comes two weeks after a gunman used the positioning to livestream his assault on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.
“Lawmakers usually inform me we’ve got an excessive amount of energy over speech, and albeit I agree,” Mr Zuckerberg writes, including that Fb was “creating an impartial physique so folks can enchantment our selections” about what’s posted and what’s taken down.
He additionally describes a brand new algorithm he wish to see enforced on tech corporations.
These new rules ought to be the identical for all web sites, he says, in order that it is simpler to cease “dangerous content material” from spreading rapidly throughout platforms.
What does Mark Zuckerberg need?
In short, Mr Zuckerberg requires the next issues:
Frequent guidelines that every one social media websites want to stick to, enforced by third-party our bodies, to manage the unfold of dangerous content material
All main tech corporations to launch a transparency report each three months, to place it on a par with monetary reporting
Stronger legal guidelines world wide to guard the integrity of elections, with widespread requirements for all web sites to establish political actors
Legal guidelines that not solely apply to candidates and elections, but in addition different “divisive political points”, and for legal guidelines to use exterior of official marketing campaign intervals
New industry-wide requirements to manage how political campaigns use information to focus on voters on-line
Extra nations to undertake privateness legal guidelines just like the European Union’s Normal Knowledge Safety Regulation (GDPR), which got here into power final yr
A “widespread world framework” meaning these legal guidelines are all standardised globally, moderately than being considerably completely different from nation to nation
Clear guidelines about who’s liable for defending folks’s information after they transfer it from one service to a different
The open letter, which may even be printed in some European newspapers, comes because the social community faces questions over its position within the Cambridge Analytica scandal round information misuse throughout election campaigns.
The positioning has additionally been criticised for failing to cease the unfold of footage of the Christchurch killings, through which 50 Muslims died as they prayed.
The video was livestreamed to the attacker’s Fb web page on 15 March, earlier than being copied 1.5 million instances.
Mr Zuckerberg’s letter didn’t particularly identify these incidents.
Nonetheless, the positioning earlier introduced that it was contemplating introducing restrictions on live-streaming within the wake of the Christchurch assaults. On Thursday, it additionally stated that it might ban white nationalism and separatism from the positioning.
On Friday it additionally began labelling political advertisements showing on Fb in EU nations, displaying who the advertiser is, how a lot they paid and who they’ve focused.
“I consider Fb has a accountability to assist handle these points, and I am trying ahead to discussing them with lawmakers world wide,” Mr Zuckerberg says.